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ERIC Number: ED531539
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
Performance-Based Scholarships: Emerging Findings from a National Demonstration. Policy Brief
Patel, Reshma; Richburg-Hayes, Lashawn
Low-income students are at particular risk of not persisting to earn a certificate or degree, often because of competing priorities, financial pressures, and inadequate preparation for college. One form of financial assistance designed explicitly to reward students' academic success is a performance-based scholarship, paid contingent on attaining academic benchmarks. MDRC's 2009 Opening Doors study of performance-based scholarships in Louisiana showed a positive effect on students' credit accumulation, grades, and persistence in college. In 2008, MDRC launched the Performance-Based Scholarship Demonstration, a study in six states that is testing whether different configurations of these scholarships in different locations and among different types of students would be equally effective in improving their outcomes. This brief summarizes findings in Louisiana, Ohio, New York, and New Mexico, which show modest but positive effects on important markers of academic progress. (Contains 2 figures, 1 table, and 11 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: MDRC
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana; New Mexico; New York; Ohio